FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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(Reuters) – Following are security developments in Iraq at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday.

* NEAR KIRKUK – A roadside bomb targeting a local council member near Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, wounded two of his bodyguards, police said.

* BAGHDAD – A mass grave containing 10 bodies, including men, women and children was found on Saturday near Khalis, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, the Defence Ministry said. The U.S. military had said that initial reports suggested there were some 100 bodies.

* BAGHDAD – Three mortars landed in Baghdad’s Green Zone, but details of casualties were not available, police said.

* BASRA – Gunmen shot and killed a former official of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party, 550 km (340 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

* BASRA – A senior figure in Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Basra office, Saed al-Haidery, was shot dead in northern Basra, police and Sadrist officials said.

* BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded five people in Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, police said.

* BAGHDAD – Mortar rounds wounded three people in Shaab district in northern Baghdad, police said.

* BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb killed two people and wounded 10 in Ameen district in southeastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – The bodies of the five people were found in different districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.

NEAR SAMARRA – Three fuel truck drivers were killed when three roadside bombs went off near a convoy of seven fuel trucks on the main road near Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. Three trucks were set ablaze.

NEAR DIWANIYA – A U.S. soldier died from wounds sustained and two wounded by a roadside bomb during a patrol on Tuesday near Diwaniya, 180 km (110 miles) south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

MOSUL – Six fuel trucks were set ablaze and three drivers were wounded on Tuesday when a bomb attached to one of the vehicles detonated, in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

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